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Conflicting visions: Don Messer, Liberal nationalism and the Canadian unity debate

Devlin Trew, Johanne (2002) Conflicting visions: Don Messer, Liberal nationalism and the Canadian unity debate. International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue internationale d'études canadiennes, 26 (Fall). pp. 41-57. [Journal article]

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In this paper, the popularity of commercial old-time fiddler Don Messer isexplored within the context of the emerging liberal nationalism of the 1960sand the Canadian broadcasting system’s ‘nationalist project’ or mandate ofrepresenting, promoting and even performing Canadian identity on theairwaves. The author maintains that in the rush to establish new Canadiansymbols as a response to political concerns at home and the threat ofAmericanization, the abrupt disposal of British symbols and the removal ofestablished media icons from the airwaves, as in the sudden cancellation in1969 of Don Messer’s popular television programme, left a legacy of conflictwhich has ultimately resulted in the suppression of traditional Canadianculture in favour of elite culture. The apparent elitism of the CBC has likelydriven segments of the Canadian public to seek their viewing options andcultural icons elsewhere, most likely on the American television networks.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Canada; identity; broadcasting; cultural policy; Don Messer
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > Institute of Ulster Scots Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:13161
Deposited By: Dr Johanne Devlin Trew
Deposited On:29 Apr 2010 11:43
Last Modified:20 Mar 2012 12:11

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